On September 9th, Twitter Women and Womeng hosted AOL’s #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge, a pitch competition for tech-based projects built by girls and judged by girls, for the second year in a row. BUILTBYGIRLS (@BUILTBYGIRLS) equips today’s young woman to take her place in the tech-enabled economy through internships, workshops, competitions, and online content.
The phenomenal growth of Twitter is an unmatched opportunity for humanitarians. Oxfam India’s collaboration with Twitter to bring best practices through the #TweetToTransform forum contributes to this cause.
The Digital Rights Foundation is an organization that endeavors to promote safe online spaces for women in Pakistan. They recently launched Hamara Internet (@hamarainternet), a campaign to address violence against women and to provide support to those facing online harassment and abuse.
Well before the doors of the NeighborNest opened, Twitter and Compass Family Services (@compasssf) knew families would need to feel welcomed, safe, and supported in order for the space to be a success. In particular, planners of the technology learning center knew childcare would be vitally important. Family-oriented programs like Music & Movement and Family Story Hour, which were already in place for Compass families, were brought over to the new space when the doors opened.
The Twitter NeighborNest is running Coding for Kids, a program that introduces local children to analytical thinking through technology. Why? Twitter HQ is located in mid-Market next to San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, one of the city’s poorest. Our hypothesis is that by leveraging Twitter’s mentors to teach local children to think analytically and critically, we can prepare them for school and adulthood.